Conor Caldwell, researcher, fiddler and composer comes from the vibrant Belfast scene. His music takes a contemporary approach whilst remaining reflective of his roots in the Donegal and Northern fiddle tradition. Exploring the capabilities of the fiddle and through the use of electronics he creates music that is spacious with harmonies and accompaniment sympathetic to the old and original tunes he plays.
Aside from his solo work, he plays in a duo project with fellow fiddler Danny Diamond (Slow Moving Clouds), with whom he released the critically acclaimed album NORTH in 2016, nominated by the Irish Times in its ‘Best Traditional’ category for 2016 and described by Musical Traditions as ‘an impressive, highly-enjoyable and illuminating achievement’. He has also toured as a member of Craobh Rua since 2009, performing across Europe and the USA.
Based at Queen’s University, Conor was recently part of the Irish Song Project, the first ever attempt to undertake a systematic survey of the history of song in Ireland. He leads on other sound and traditional music projects in Belfast.